Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch


Sustainable Transport: What, Why and How?

To begin you may be asking what is sustainable transport?

Sustainable transport are means of transport which is sustainable in terms of social, economic, environmental and climate impacts. Being sustainable is a way of ensuring that resources are not exploited and depleted.

So the next question is why should we use sustainable transport?

By using a more sustainable means of transport whilst visiting Eryri we can help protect the special qualities which define the area and make it an unique place to visit. The use of sustainable transport will also reduce our carbon footprint therefore reducing the effects of global warming and climate change whilst also helping our local environment to thrive. Sustainable means of transport can also be an opportunity to enhance the experience of your visit by being able to relax and enjoy the views without the added stress of traffic and parking, it's also a great way to become more immersed in the local community.

Sherpa Bus

Snowdon Sherpa (© Gwynfor Coaches)

The final question then is how can you travel sustainably to and around Eryri?

There are many great ways to travel sustainably to and around Eryri, with some great transport links allowing you to make your way to your destination of choice efficiently.

  • Train links to locations nearby and within Eryri; Bangor, Betws-Y-Coed, Llanrwst, Conwy, Llandudno Junction, Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.  You can also make use of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railways for a more unique travel experience through parts of Eryri.
  • Following your arrival at the train station you can make use of local bus services to take you to your desired location. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Yr Wyddfa connecting all six main footpaths and surrounding villages. If you have travelled to Eryri by car, then why not park up and use the bus for the remaining duration of your trip?
  • Cycling is another great way to travel around Eryri, with many exciting cycle routes to make the most of whilst in the area. There are also many local bike hires facilities, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a bike!
  • Car share. If you do wish to travel to and around Eryri by car and are planning to visit with others, then why not all arrive in one car instead of separate vehicles? This will reduce fuel and parking costs as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)